Last Will and Testament

Finished Last Will and Testament by Dahlia Adler.

Summary (from Goodreads):

Lizzie Brandt was valedictorian of her high school class, but at Radleigh University, all she’s acing are partying and hooking up with the wrong guys. But all that changes when her parents are killed in a tragic accident, making her guardian to her two younger brothers. To keep them out of foster care, she’ll have to fix up her image, her life, and her GPA—fast. Too bad the only person on campus she can go to for help is her humorless, pedantic Byzantine History TA, Connor Lawson, who isn’t exactly Lizzie’s biggest fan.

But Connor surprises her. Not only is he a great tutor, but he’s also a pretty great babysitter. And chauffeur. And listener. And he understands exactly what it’s like to be on your own before you’re ready. Before long, Lizzie realizes having a responsible-adult type around has its perks… and that she’d like to do some rather irresponsible (but considerably adult) things with him as well. Good thing he’s not the kind of guy who’d ever reciprocate.

Until he does.

Until they turn into far more than teacher and student.

Until the relationship that helped put their lives back together threatens everything they both have left.”

I am a huge fan of Dahlia Adler’s but somehow I haven’t read her NA series.  When I got a chance to read the third/final book, OBVIOUSLY I jumped at it.  And lucky me, I got to read all three in a row! (I like it when my procrastination leads to rewards.)

I really enjoyed this story, although it’s a little bit dark.  It’s a grieving story, and it’s a story about someone who shouldn’t have kids forced to care for them.  Those are two of my favorite things and, yay, both are fantastically executed here.  But this isn’t a depressing book at all.

It’s incredibly hot and also really sweet.  (It’s a hard balance, but a great one.)

I really liked Connor and Lizzie (together and separately) and I loved Lizzie’s roommates.  (They get their own stories in the next two books.)

Recommended.

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